What is the Best Way to Decorate a Room? Whether you don’t have the funds to engage an interior designer or simply prefer the concept of doing it yourself, creating a room from the ground up might be overwhelming. However, if you need a roadmap, this step-by-step tutorial will walk you through all of the processes necessary to design your space like an expert.
Create a Mood
Instead of focusing on how you want your room to look, consider how you want it to feel, and let that dictate your colour, texture, furniture, and décor selections. Minimal furnishings and natural materials can be suggested for a light and airy zen sanctuary. Bold colours and patterns can be used to create an exciting, casual family space. Creating an eclectic room that works for you will be easier if you focus on mood rather than a certain style or trend.
For ideas, look through your favorite social media outlets, interior design journals, books, and websites. Consider why you like to go to the areas you want to escape to. If you live alone, this is an opportunity to learn more about yourself. It’s an opportunity to cooperate in a common environment that honors everyone in the house if you live with others.
Get Down to Business
Rather than attempting to achieve some idealized picture of how your life should be, plan your environment to accommodate the way you live today. Choose upholstery materials and surfaces that can withstand a beating and yet look fantastic if you have energetic youngsters or dogs. There’s no need to waste floor space with a dining table for six if you live alone and rarely entertain. If you work from home, consider relocating your temporary office in the corner of the living room to a spare room that is only utilized during the holidays. And, before you buy anything, make a budget that you can stick to. This will help you prioritize your spending.
Start by getting rid of anything you don’t use, need, or adore when remodeling. If you’re starting from scratch and decorating a room, think before you bring anything in. Personal objects and important items have a place in any space, but good interior design begins with the essentials and builds from there.
Make a plan.
If you want to make a blueprint, there are many free online room design tools and home design software solutions available, but space planning doesn’t have to be complicated. To gain a sense of scale and flow, sketch out layout ideas on paper or use painter’s tape to mark out furniture arrangement. Measure your room before you buy a single piece of furniture. Double-check your measurements. Otherwise, the sofa you ordered might be too big to fit through your front entrance or too small for your living room.
Choose a colour scheme.
Whether you want to keep it neutral or go for a bold colour scheme, making a decision early on can help you achieve a unified aesthetic. Neutral spaces can be brightened with simply interchangeable accessories. If you want your room to be a celebration of green, pink, or blue, choose three complementary colours to keep it interesting. Sticking to shades of white allows you to mix and match furniture types and periods with ease if you enjoy the look of an all-white space.
Begin with the finishing touches.
If you want to give your room a makeover rather than a redesign, consider how you may use the room’s current flooring, paint colour, and fixtures to enhance and personalize it without having to renovate. Before you bring in furniture and accessories, refinish floors, paint walls, add tiling or wallpaper, or install cabinetry if you’re starting with an empty room.
Selecting Anchor Pieces
Focus on your anchor item, which is usually a sofa, before fiddling with throw cushions when decorating a living room. Making your biggest, most expensive purchases first can help you avoid sacrificing quality for high-use goods, have a realistic sense of your budget, and understand how much room you have for extra furniture after the core pieces are set.
Furniture for Secondary Use
Once you’ve found the perfect sofa, start looking at coffee tables to see what sizes and styles will work best, or whether an oversized pouf would be more appropriate. In the dining room, use sleek aluminum chairs to contrast with a rustic wooden farm table. Vintage lighting or bedside tables can be used to complement a modern upholstered headboard.
Rugs, curtains, and textiles are all options.
You can choose carpets, curtains, and textiles like bedding, throws, and decorative pillows that will compliment your anchor pieces and offer colour, pattern, texture, and intrigue now that you have a feel of how the room flows.
Turn It On
Paying attention to lighting is one of the secrets to a great interior design. Maximize natural light throughout the day and layer in lots of tiered alternatives for the evening, including useful task lighting, warm ambient table lights or sconces, and sculptural pendant lighting that also serves as décor. To avoid shadows and encourage a sense of well-being after dark, make sure to illuminate all four corners of the space.
Take a step back now that you have all of the necessities in place and ask yourself what’s lacking. Choose art, pictures, or ornamental mirrors to hang. Add more ornamental pillows and throws to the mix. Design bookshelves and tables with candles, attractive objects, plants, or valuable keepsakes. This is your time to add texture to the area with personal touches that will make it feel more welcoming.
Your design project’s budget
If you want to keep your remodel/redesign under control, you’ll need a budget. Determine how much money you have to spend on your project upfront. Sort your purchases into three categories: “must-haves,” “good to have,” and “not a priority.” Then figure out roughly how much each item will cost. (See below for more information.)
I begin by generating a spreadsheet in which I enter line items for each and every project component. Any fixed costs, as well as cost estimations, are entered, and then replaced with hard values once I obtain them. If you’re going to source any of the supplies yourself, you’ll need to figure out how much each square foot will cost.
Always factor in an extra 10% to account for expense overruns. Some argue that a figure of 20% is more appropriate. A 10% change should suffice for a landscape makeover. If you’re doing a complete kitchen makeover in an older home, go with 20%. The reason is that you don’t want to be on such a tight budget that you don’t have a cushion if your contractor opens up a wall and discovers dry rot or rusted piping.
Stick to your budget once you’ve established it. Don’t be tempted to deviate from your budget in the middle of a project because “it would be wonderful if..” (insert expensive upgrade). This is how budgets go out the window. Don’t do that unless you can afford it completely.
Pro tip: For any work that has to be done, get three bids. You’d be astonished at how much pricing can vary, but this must be weighed against your opinion of the contractor’s job quality and project management abilities.
If your contractor only shows up to work every three days or so while cramming you in between other tasks, it will cause a delay in your entire project timeframe, which could have financial or scheduling implications elsewhere. Make sure to talk about project management expectations right away.
Make a mood board
The first stage in the design process is to construct a mood board and then step back to observe what the common threads are before spending any of your hard-earned money.
It’s usually a good idea to plan ahead of time before diving in. A mood board and accompanying plan of attack might help you avoid a haphazard appearance and costly errors.
Board of Feelings
For a detailed tutorial on how to make your own mood board, click here. Making a Pinterest board is my go-to quick and dirty method. Start pinning your favorite interiors, colour palettes, furniture, and accessories. If you don’t already have a style preference, or even if you do, try to stay away from preconceived notions. Simply start pinning what you like.
Tip: When pinning furniture, search for images with only a simple white background so you can see the furniture piece alone with your other objects without the “visual cacophony” of a staged room scene.
When it comes to decorating a bedroom, the best place to start is deciding on an overall style. Having this written down will make selections on colour schemes, furniture (if you’re buying new), decor, and accessories much easier because you’ll already have a clear sense of the aesthetic you want.
However, there are some factors that may assist you in getting started. You can fall in love with a bold bed frame that will serve as the focal point, or you know you want a wall in a specific hue that would complement a specific style.
So, how do you choose your style? Personally, we believe that using a mood board is the best way to go. Look through publications (Real Homes always has lots of lovely pictures *wink wink*) and start following Instagram accounts whose homes you like the style of. You’ll see some themes emerge quickly, and if you find yourself drawn to more than one style, don’t panic; there are no restrictions against mixing styles; in fact, blending styles is what will make your bedroom décor feel unique to you.
If you’re decorating a bedroom for the first time, it’s natural to alter your mind, and that’s perfectly fine! However, unless you have a good notion of what you like, avoid buying anything that is clearly suited to one style and instead utilizes smaller, more cheap ways to incorporate that design into your home. Basically, keep your more expensive pieces, such as your bed and any larger storage pieces, neutral so they may function with any aesthetic.
CHOOSE YOUR BEDROOM FURNITURE CAREFULLY.
That brings us beautifully to the topic of how to choose furniture for your bedroom. After you’ve decided on a style for your furniture, the next thing to consider is size. Make a layout of your room and a list of things you want to put in it. Because the bed will most likely be the most prominent piece of furniture in your room, consider what size and shape will work best.
‘A bed is the most prominent aspect of any bedroom; it is the main point and serves as a foundation for the rest of your scheme,’ say Interior Fox’s Jen and Marr. ‘An upholstered headboard is a simple way to add colour and texture to your bedroom, especially if you’re working with a limited amount of space. Introduce soft velvets in rich earthy tones for a sumptuous aesthetic that works well against a neutral backdrop while keeping the area light and open. ‘Add contemporary piping in a contrasting hue to the edge of your headboard to instantly give it a new look and broaden the colour palette.’